Fresno State's Paul Watson tabbed as Mountain West Freshman of the Year; guards Tyler Johnson (second-team) and Marvelle Harris (honorable mention) named to all-MW teams.
March 10, 2014
By Stephen Trembley
LAS VEGAS --- Fresno State freshman forward/guard Paul Watson was named the Mountain West's Freshman of the Year, senior guard Tyler Johnson earned second-team All-MW honors and sophomore guard Marvelle Harris received an honorable mention All-MW distinction by the league's head men's basketball coaches and select media members.
"It's a great honor for Tyler Johnson and Marvelle Harris to be recognized as all-conference performers," Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said. "Our coaching staff and team are extremely proud of both of them, and they are well aware that they could not have achieved this recognition without the help of their teammates. They are both team-first guys that have been instrumental to the success of our team this season."
During league play, Watson led all MW freshmen in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and finished second among MW freshmen in scoring (8.6 ppg) and blocked shots (12).
Watson is the third freshman in program history to be named the Freshman of the Year, joining Mike Mitchell (PCAA; 1985-86) and Greg Smith (WAC; 2009-10).
Johnson helped fuel Fresno State's charge down the stretch by averaging 18.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game while Harris posted 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Johnson was previously named honorable mention All-MW last season and this is the first All-MW postseason honor for Harris.
"Tyler Johnson has been the consummate senior leader for our ball club, and has worked as hard as anyone to become one of the top players in the Mountain West," Terry said. "Marvelle Harris has made great strides from his freshman to sophomore seasons, and we look for him to continue to strive to be one of the top guards in our conference."
This also marks the first time three Bulldogs were recognized with all-conference postseason honors in the same season since the 2009-10 season when Paul George (second-team), Sylvester Seay (honorable mention) and Greg Smith (All-Newcomer Team; WAC Freshman of the Year) collected awards.
Fresno State enters the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships as the No. 7 seed and opens play 10th-seeded Air Force on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. PT. The game can be viewed live on the Mountain West Network (www.GoBulldogs.com/videos) or heard live on 940 AM ESPN Radio.
Paul Watson, Freshman, Guard/Forward
2013-14 Mountain West Freshman of the Year
No. 1 freshman in the MW during conference play in rebounding (4.6 rpg)
No. 2 freshman in the MW during conference play in scoring (8.6 ppg) and blocked shots (12)
No. 5 freshman in the MW during conference play in 3-point field goal percentage (39.4 percent, 28-for-71)
Scored 15 or more points in four MW games, including a season-high 20 points that helped lead Fresno State to a 79-76 road win at Utah State
Scored 11 or more points in six MW games
Started all 18 MW games
Tyler Johnson, Senior, Guard
2013-14 All-Mountain West Second-Team
No. 1 in the MW during conference play in 3-point field goal percentage (48.7 percent, 38-for-78)
No. 3 in the MW during conference play in scoring (18.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (49.6 percent, 115-for-232)
No. 4 in the MW during conference play in 3-point field goals made per game (2.2 per game, 38 total 3-pointers made) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.2 A-T/O per game)
No. 7 in the MW during conference play in assists (3.2 apg) and defensive rebounding (6.1 rpg)
No. 8 in the MW during conference play in free throw percentage (79.7 percent, 59-for-74)
No. 9 in the MW during conference play in rebounding (7.6 rpg)
Scored 20 or more points in nine MW games, 15 or more points in 15 of 18 MW games and 10 or more points in 17 of 18 MW games
Posted five double-doubles during conference play
Converted 50 percent or more of his 3-point attempts in 11 of 18 MW games
Converted 50 percent or more of his field goal attempts in 11 of 18 MW games
Started all 18 MW games
Marvelle Harris, Sophomore, Guard
2013-14 All-Mountain West Honorable Mention
No. 2 in the MW during conference play in average minutes played (35.8 mpg)
No. 6 in the MW during conference play in steals (1.2 spg)
No. 8 in the MW during conference play in free throw percentage (78.5 percent, 73-for-93)
No. 10 in the MW during conference play in scoring (14.4 ppg)
No. 15 in the MW during conference play in rebounds (5.9 rpg)
Scored 25 or more points in two MW games, including a high of 26 points in Fresno State's 76-56 win over Boise State (9-of-11 from the field with a 4-for-4 mark from beyond the 3-point arc and at the free throw line)
Scored 15 or more points in 10 of 18 MW games, including five of the last six games
Scored 10 or more points in 16 of 18 MW games, including the last ten games
Posted three double-doubles during conference play
Converted 50 percent of his 3-point field goal attempts in five MW games, including going 4-for-4 twice
Started all 18 MW games
All-Conference Honorees (During Head Coach Rodney Terry's Tenure)
2013-14 - Tyler Johnson (Second-Team), Marvelle Harris (Honorable Mention), Paul Watson (Freshman of the Year)
2012-13 - Tyler Johnson (Honorable Mention)
2011-12 - Kevin Olekaibe
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